Charities needy after floods
CHARITIES on the Coffs Coast have been inundated with both requests and gifts in the wake of the March 31 flood.
With soaking wet bodies walking in the door seeking dry clothes and shelter the Coffs Harbour Lifehouse Care Bargain Centre was rushed off its feet trying to assist.
“The need was immediate, we had people walking in off the street, the rain and sudden rising floodwater took everyone by surprise,” Jenni Bienfelt, general manager of Lifehouse Care Bargain Centre said.
“The day of the flood we were just grabbing clothes off the racks and handing them out.”
But the charity organisation accustomed to helping those in trouble was soon in trouble itself.
The rising floodwater caused extensive damage at the Harbour Drive store, as well as their storage centre in Vernon Street, with 40 tonnes of goods including furniture, clothing and computers being waterlogged and taken to the tip.
“We lost lots of bedding, mattresses and winter clothing,” Jenni said.
“And with winter coming on we would appreciate any winter woollies people can spare - warm clothing and blankets are always in demand at this time of year.”
Donations can be dropped off during business hours to Lifehouse Care Bargain Centre on the corner of Harbour Drive and Gordon Street, to their stores at Northside Shopping Centre or in Toormina at 4 Minorca Place.
To organise pick-up of larger or bulky items please call 6658 0055.